It's fair to say that the finale of Game of Thrones didn't live up to fans' expectations, with various petitions and criticism on social media marring the end of what was otherwise a terrific show.
However, it seems that fans won't even be able to complain about a sequel or possible spinoffs- as there won't be any.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter in the simplest terms, "Nope, nope, nope. No. Part of it is, I do want this show - this Game of Thrones, Dan and David's show - to be its own thing. I don't want to take characters from this world that they did beautifully and put them off into another world with someone else creating it. I want to let it be the artistic piece they've got."
Of course, the news doesn't signal an end to the Game of Thrones universe- far from it. The brains behind the fictional world, George R.R. Martin, is still in the process of finishing the remaining books in the series.
Bloys added, "That's one of reasons why I'm not trying to do the same show over. George has massive, massive world; there are so many ways in. That's why we're trying to do things that feel distinct - and to not try and re-do the same show. That's probably one of the reasons why, right now, a sequel or picking up any of the other characters doesn't make sense for us."
Taking to his blog, Martin himself confirmed that he has a string of new shows in development. "I'm still here, and I'm still busy. As a producer, I've got five shows in development at HBO (some having nothing whatsoever to do with the world of Westeros), two at Hulu, one on the History Channel.
"'I'm involved with a number of feature projects, some based upon my own stories and books, some on material created by others."
"There are these short films I am hoping to make, adaptations of classic stories by one of the most brilliant, quirky, and original writers our genre has ever produced. I've consulted on a video game out of Japan."
With a schedule like that, it's little wonder he can't finish the remaining Game of Thrones books.